I can’t imagine a worst day for Arsenal fans to return after the international break. The only plus was that Olivier Giroud scored yet again, but it wasn’t enough to stop us losing 2-1 to a typical Tony Pulis side, but it could have been so different.
If Campbell had have been a bit more accurate or Giroud nicked another it may not have been too bad, but Santi Cazorla’s penalty miss, a la John Terry, with just 7 minutes to go was devastating to us all.
It was also bad enough that Francis Coquelin ngot injured, but for Wenger to then bring on Mikel Arteta who, for want of a better polite description, was not-quite-as-good as the player he replaced. Arteta may then have done us a favour by getting injured himself as he may have given away more goals he was that bad!
Well I don’t think Arsene Wenger was very happy either when he said after the game. “We did give everything until the end. Maybe we were a bit too sure of ourselves.
“Overall it was a bad day. We scored an own goal, missed a penalty and missed a lot of chances. It is very disappointing.”
But the dreaded news we were all waiting for was his verdict on the injury to Coquelin, and he said it was “more severe” than the one sustained by Mikel Arteta.
As if we didn’t have enough injuries to contend with! Wenger will now be absolutely slaughtered by Arsenal fans for not buying a backup DM this summer…..